Robbie Fearon 2017/2018

Robbie Fearon is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied saxophone on the Jazz course. He started playing Clarinet before switching to saxophone and has Classical as well as Jazz and Pop playing experience.

His own quartet has played in venues around Birmingham, most recently as part of Birmingham’s Jazz Legends festival, and he works around the West Midlands as a freelance musician…

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Stuart Barker 2017/2018

Stuart Barker is a double and electric bass player who works regularly as part of the UK Jazz Scene. He took up the double bass at the age of 14 and the electric bass shortly after. A few years later he began playing in Rock, Pop and eventually Jazz ensembles including his own trio. He was also involved with Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra and had lessons under classical bassist, John Summerfield…


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Jendayi Selassie 2017/2018

“My name is Jendayi Selassie and I have been Dancing for over 20 years. In these years I have grown a passion for many genres of dance and all styles intrigue me. But the styles that make me feel most comfortable and where I can express myself confidently are Street, African and Dancehall choreography…”

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John Hirst 2018


John Hirst is a UK-based drummer /percussionist. He studied at Birmingham Conservatoire with Andrew Bain and Clark Tracey and participated in workshops led by John Taylor, Dave Holland and Jeff Ballard; he also won the Tony Levin Drum Prize and performed with the Conservatoire Big Band.

John currently teaches, leads his own group Blue Pearl (playing the music of Bud Powell) and performs with various other bands around the UK and Europe.

Paco Torregrosa Vera 2018

Paco Torregrosa is a saxophone player based in Birmingham. Active in the UK & Spanish music scene, Paco is a versatile musician who plays in different styles such as contemporary jazz, swing or flamenco music.

Currently he recorded with his brand new British quartet in Birmingham.


Nick Adams 2018

Nick Adams is a Jazz pianist and recent graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He started the piano aged three and was classically trained until the age of 16, when he began his jazz education at the Birmingham Conservatoire junior department. He joined a local big band called the Notebenders where he was able to learn the foundations of playing with large ensembles.

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Charlie Bates 2017

“My name is Charlie Bates. I am a pianist and composer who lives and works in Birmingham. I just graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class honours and have recently released my first album; The Charlie Bates Big Band – Silhouettes…”
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Charlie Johnson 2017

Charlie Johnson graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire this year. He is a freelance drummer and percussionist who performs improvised and classical music. Charlie plays in several trio bands, as well as in musical theatre productions…

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 Chris Young 2017

Chris Young photoChris Young is a jazz alto saxophonist and composer based in Birmingham. Chris recently graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a First Class Degree after studying under Mike Williams, Jean Toussaint and Andrew Bain. Chris has also been fortunate enough to receive tuition from Dave Holland, Jeff Ballard, George Colligan, Abram Wilson John Taylor, Liam Noble and Eric Alexander.

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Nathan England Jones 2017

Nathan England Jones was awarded the “Tony Levin Drum Prize’ for performance in 2015 and graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2016, he is now a freelance musician and instrumental tutor based in Birmingham, specialising in drum kit and percussion…

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